NOYES Capt. Kirke W.

NOYES Capt. Kirke W.[1, 2]

Male 1830 - 1920  (90 years)

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  • Name NOYES Capt. Kirke W. 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born 22 Apr 1830  Le Roy, Genesee, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Military Between 2 Dec 1862 and 28 Jul 1865  Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (Capt.; Co D, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters.)
    _UID 298E0D38EB9ED5118A064445535400002BDC 
    Died 8 Aug 1920  South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • (aged. 90 y. 4 m. 16 d. The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I incorrectly says 1901.

      OBIT: His parents moved to Macomb County, Michigan when he was one year old, his mother dying soon after. Here he grew to manhood, attended the district school, taught school, worked on government survey in Upper Peninsula until 1853. At this time he journeyed to Australia where he remained for two years. Returning to this country in 1855, he entered Bell's Commercial College in Chicago, where he graduated with honors.

      He came to South Haven in 1856 to take charge of a stove and sawmill for a Chicago firm.

      In 1858 he was married to Mettie L. Covert, and moved to his farm, east of the then village of South Haven. Here he remained until 1872 when he was elected to the office of Register of Deeds, and with his family moved to Paw Paw where he lived until 1896.

      At this time he came back to South Haven and moved on to his farm one and one-half miles from the city where he has since resided. In 1916 his faithful wife died, leaving him lonely indeed.

      He has held many positions of honor and trust; was Postmaster at Paw Paw, Justice of the Peace, Supervisor, State Land Agent, Commander in the Army, and Chairman of the Republican County Committee.)
    Buried Aft 8 Aug 1920  Escanaba, Delta, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • (Lake View Cemetery)
    Notes 
    • Served during the Civil War as a Private, First Sergeant, First Lieutenant, Adjutant, and Captain in 1st Mich. Sharpshooters.

      He was Assistant Adjutant-General of the Department of Michigan, G. A. R.

      In October, 1831, our subject was brought by his parents to this State, where he was reared on a farm in Macomb County, and attended school whenever opportunity offered. However, his education was principally gained under the instructions of his father, who was a teacher as well as a farmer. When he arrived at the age of twenty-one, he hired out to work by the month, making an agreement that he was to receive as much as was paid by any one in town. Later, he attended the Disco Academy and in the winter of 1851-52 taught school. At the close of his term of school, he engaged to work on Government surveys in the Upper Peninsula, and during the following winter clerked in a country store.

      In March 1853, Mr. Noyes sailed from New York for Melbourne, Australia, and, after a voyage of one hundred and five days, landed at the destined port on July 4th. For a month he was employed by an uncle of George Francis Train as clerk in a bonded warehouse, and after quitting that place went into the gold mines, where he worked with varying success until February 1855. He found at that time he had money enough to pay his passage home, and, accordingly, he embarked for London, which he reached after one hundred and forty-two days on the ocean. Among his fellow-passengers was an uncle of William E. Gladstone, Charles Ewart by name. It was Derby Day when he arrived in London, and after making a short visit in that city, he sailed from Southampton and landed in New York during June.

      From New York, Mr. Noyes proceeded to Boston, thence to the former home of his father in New Hampshire and from that place to Niagara Falls. In July, 1855, he returned to his father's home in Macomb County, this State, and, after visiting at home for a short time, went to Chicago and entered Bell's Commercial College, from which he was graduated with second honors in a class of fifty. In the spring of 1856, he engaged with a lumber firm, by the name of Adams, Blinn & Co., as book-keeper and general manager, and was sent by them across the lake to South Haven, where he had charge of their interests, managed their store and was foreman of their employees at that place. The panic of 1857 not only bankrupted the firm, but caused him to lose his entire salary and the money he had loaned his employers.

      About that time, when Mr. Noyes was, perhaps, suffering more from adverse circumstances than at any other period of his life, he was married, January 10, 1853, to Mettie L., the daughter of Howe and Harriet (Lamphear) Covert. At the time of her marriage, Mrs. Noyes was a resident of South Haven, but her native place was in Ovid, Seneca County, N. Y., where she was born March 2, 1839, Ten children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Noyes, one of whom died in infancy. Arthur J. is engaged on the street railroad in Chicago; George W., born February 22, 1861, resides in Mandan, N. Dak., and is one of the foremost taxidermists in the United States; Bertha E. is the wife of E. J. Harrington, a farmer of Paw Paw Township; David W. lives in Paw Paw, where he is clerking in the establishment of J. C. Warne*; Albert, who is blind from the effect of injury received-when ten years old, remains under the parental roof; Ralph G., who is also a taxidermist and resides in Dakota; Harry S. is a student in the Paw Paw High School; Joe and Merta remain at home.

      In 1859, Mr. Noyes purchased eighty acres of wild land near South Haven, upon which be located in the spring of the following year. He engaged in cutting wood and averaged a cord each day during the winter months. On December 2, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, First Michigan Sharpshooters, and went into camp at Kalamazoo. During the following month, he went to Dearborn Arsenal, near Detroit, and in July, with his regiment, marched to Indiana, following the Morgan raiders through that State to the Ohio line and engaged in several sharp skirmishes. After doing provost duty in Indianapolis for a time, he was ordered to Detroit to prevent draft riots.

      The regiment received orders in August to march to Chicago and guard Morgan's men at Camp Douglas, and thence, March 23, 1864, they proceeded to Annapolis. Md., to join Burnside's expedition. They crossed the Rapidan River and engaged in the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1804, going into action, May 6th, with seven hundred and thirty-eight enlisted men and thirty-six commissioned officers. They participated in all the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac and during the siege of Petersburg occupied the nearest approach to the rebel lines, guarding the mouth of the mines run under the rebel works. When the city fell, the regiment planted the first flag over the ruins.

      At Spottsylvania, on May 13th, Mr. Noyes was wounded in the left arm and, on July 30th, received injuries at the blowing up of the mine. A shell exploded near him, which caused partial paralysis of the right side, deafness in the right car, paralysis of the right larynx, and broke two toes in the left foot. On September 30th, at Peebles farm, he was again wounded in the left limb above the knee and was taken prisoner, being kept at Libby Prison for a few days and thence removed, on October 6th, to Salisbury, where he remained one month. Together with others, he planned escape, but the plot being discovered, he was removed to Danville, Va., where he was held until February and then returned to Libby Prison.

      On February 22, 1865, Mr. Noyes was paroled, and going to the hospital at Annapolis, soon obtained a leave of absence and came home. On April 15th, before he had learned of the assassination of President Lincoln, he was impelled by a strong inward feeling to return to the army, and meeting his company, did duty until July 28th, when he was mustered out and participated in the Grand Review at Washington. He had enlisted as a private, and by a series of promotions passed from Orderly Sergeant to First Lieutenant and Captain. Before receiving his commission for the latter position, he was appointed Adjutant, in which capacity he was serving at the time of his resignation.

      Upon returning home, Mr. Noyes began to clear and improve his farm, on which he resided until 1872. He is a prominent Republican, and, in 1857, was elected Township Clerk, in 1860, Justice of the Peace and, in 1862, Supervisor. His first vote was cast, in 1852, for John P. Hale, and four years later he supported John C. Fremont. In 1867,he was elected Supervisor of South Haven, which position he retained until 1870, serving as Chairman in 1869-70. He served two terms as Register of Deeds and has served as Justice of the Peace for about five years. For a number of years he was manager of a general store in Paw Paw, finally buying out the stock. In May, 1886, he was appointed assistant bookkeeper in the land office at Lansing, and served in that capacity until May, 1890, when he was appointed State Trespass Agent. In January, 1891, he resigned that position and the following March was appointed to his present responsible and influential position in the Grand Army of the Republic, and has since been appointed by President Harrison to the position of Postmaster at Paw Paw.
    Person ID I13405  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2011 

    Father NOYES David W.,   b. 21 Dec 1802, Landaff, Grafton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1888, , , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother ALLEN Olive,   b. Abt Feb 1802,   d. 6 Nov 1831  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Married 1826  [1
    Family ID F5075  Group Sheet

    Family COVERT Metta L.,   b. 12 Mar 1839, Ovid, Seneca, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1916, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1858  South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • (The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 1858.0
    Children 
     1. NOYES Jacob Arthur,   b. 23 Oct 1858, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. NOYES George Washington,   b. 22 Feb 1861, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. NOYES Kirke, Jr.,   b. Abt 1863, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. NOYES Bertha,   b. 26 Sep 1864, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. NOYES David W.,   b. 28 Dec 1866, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1911, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     6. NOYES Albert M.,   b. 8 Apr 1869, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. NOYES Ralph Goodwin,   b. 8 Aug 1870, South Haven, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1954  (Age 83 years)
     8. NOYES Harry S.,   b. 21 Sep 1873, Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. NOYES Joseph S.,   b. 5 Feb 1876, Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. NOYES Merta E.,   b. 14 Jun 1877, Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1901  (Age 23 years)
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2014 
    Family ID F5079  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S65] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I, p.349.

    2. [S82] Death-obit, Provided by ggrandaughter, Barbara Jo Noyes..

    3. [S5216] Correspondence-Email-YOUNG Barbara Jo (NOYES), info on some members; 7 February 2011; Paul M. Noyes.